Definition of pulse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pulse

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pʌls//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pʌls//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pulse
    BrE BrE//pʌls//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pʌls//
     
    he / she / it pulses
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌlsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlsɪz//
     
    past simple pulsed
    BrE BrE//pʌlst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pʌlst//
     
    past participle pulsed
    BrE BrE//pʌlst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pʌlst//
     
    -ing form pulsing
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌlsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌlsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to move, beat or flow with strong regular movements or sounds synonym throb A vein pulsed in his temple. the pulsing rhythm of the music
  2. 2[intransitive] pulse (with something) to be full of a feeling such as excitement or energy synonym buzz The auditorium pulsed with excitement.
  3. Word Originverb late Middle English: from Latin pulsus ‘beating’, from pellere ‘to drive, beat’.Extra examples He felt the muscles in his jaw pulsing angrily. She was aware of the blood pulsing through her limbs. The pulsing rhythm of the music could be heard throughout the valley.
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